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Sep 15, 2022 08:43 PM
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Yunnan Orders Aluminum Smelters to Cut Power Use Again

Aluminum ingots are being transferred from the production line at a factory in Henan province on May 5, 2020. Photo: VCG
Aluminum ingots are being transferred from the production line at a factory in Henan province on May 5, 2020. Photo: VCG

Aluminum smelters in Southwest China’s Yunnan province have been ordered to further cut energy consumption as a punishing drought continues to disrupt hydropower generation.

The provincial government has instructed the firms to reduce use of electricity by 15% to 30% starting Thursday, which is expected to slash 800,000 tons to 1.6 million tons of aluminum production capacity, industry insiders told Caixin.

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